We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – marquees are the perfect event locations. They are versatile, portable, and can be configured to suit your needs exactly. Over the years, we have provided marquees to clients with all different needs. And all this has done is confirm to us just how many boxes they could tick for your next event. In today’s blog, we’ll walk you through 5 popular events that are perfect for marquees. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to get the most out of each one, from our past experience.

  • 1. Weddings

Perhaps the most synonymous with marquees, it’s easy to create a timeless and unforgettable wedding outdoors. In the UK, the law states that you must solemnise a marriage underneath a permanent structure with a solid roof. While this means you cannot get married underneath a marquee, they are the perfect place to host a reception or additional celebrations. You can erect them on most surfaces and choose locations that generally cost less than a fixed wedding venue.

Marquees arrive as a blank surface so you can completely design your event to suit your individual needs. Specific lighting, coloured marquee linings, dance floors – there are a host of options to help you emphasise the theme of your wedding. They can also be used throughout the year and generally have fewer late-night restrictions meaning you can extend the party further through the night.

Our top tip is to work with the marquee shape. Large and long-hanging chandeliers and lighting create a really dramatic look within a marquee. And don’t neglect the outside – outside festoon lighting and garden uplighters, wrap flowers or bunting around the external frame of your marquee to help complete your theme.

  • 2. Corporate Events

One of the best ways to ensure a corporate message is absorbed by employees is to create a compelling setting. Giving them a day or night to remember makes it more likely that they’ll remember the points you’ve put across. Corporate events and marquees go hand-in-hand – more than you may think. Some corporations hire very large marquees and host events for multiple businesses under one roof. In this space, you can put on grand and expansive events. Think memorable scenes, like circus, masquerade, or monochrome. The bigger the better.

Working with the right sound company and making use of marquee heaters ensures the event is comfortable and enjoyable.

  • 3. Milestone Birthdays

Whether you’re turning 21, 30, or 50+, milestone birthdays deserve a special celebration. Marquees are the ideal solution, again providing you with a space that you can customise to suit your needs. Consider pairing together a Traditional Marquee with smaller Chinese Hat Marquees to section off a calmer pod for older relatives. Or use this additional space as a play area to keep the kids entertained at all times. This is the beauty of marquees – they can be used in conjunction with each other and linked with features such as our LED bar or lighting solutions.

  • 4. Sporting Events

If the idea of crisp white marquees doesn’t evoke tennis tournament memories, we don’t know what will? Marquees have long been used during sporting events. Being portable, they can travel with the event, taking shelter wherever the next tournament is. They are a popular option during summer as a form of sun shelter for onlookers and can be used to house refreshments too. To tie a marquee with your event, consider using coloured lighting in your tournament colours within our Clear Span (Frame).

  • 5. Music Festivals

Gathering together to watch your favourite artist has long been the highlight of the summer for many. And, the next time you’re at a music festival, we’ll bet you’ll spot a marquee. They’re used to house performers providing cover for the stage, and provide shelter for specific stalls or events. Food halls are commonly found within them, as marquees offer a shelter and barrier for bugs, flies, and other wildlife. And, often you’ll find the first aid team nestled within a marquee too.

As you can see, marquees are versatile, flexible, and suited to a multitude of events. Here at Carron Marquees, we create marquees to suit every single client. If you have a special event coming up and are considering a marquee, get in contact with our team who are on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.